|Birth: ||Feb. 13, 1815|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 11, 1898|
Wilmette Record 1895
Alexander McDaniel, the oldest resident of Wilmette, died last Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock at his home on Central Avenue. Mr. McDaniel has been a patient sufferer for the past twenty-two years with sciatica, which was undoubtedly brought on by the hardships of his younger days. He has been confined to his bed for the past five months, and the end has been looked for constantly. He was conscious to the very last, reconizing his faithful and attentive wife and children. His death was as peaceful as that of a child's, showing that in his soul he knew his life's work of 83 years was done-and well done. And although it was hard to see the old and faithful taken away, it is grand to know that the call is to "come up higher".
The interment was by train to Rosehill, where he had expressed a desire to be buried, that being a part of the country over which he traveled in his younger days. The funeral was attended by all the old settlers and his friends. The funeral service was held Thursday, Rev. E.B. Dean officiating.
Alexander McDaniel was born Feb. 13, 1815, at Painter Post, N.Y. In May 1836, he came to Chicago, which at that time was nothing more that a trading post. That same year he built the old Archer road, now called Archer avenue. The next year he came north to the Indian village at Winnetka, and for some years traveled all over Grosse Point, which then included all the territory north of Chicago. He then went to Lake Geneva, where he helped to build the first boat sailed by white men on the lake. He later settled in what is now Winnetka, keeping bachelor quarters for four years. His homestead was just east of the depot, and is now owned by Hettie Green.
In 1843 Mr. McDaniel was married to Miss Emeline Huntoon, who was then living in what is now South Evanston, having settled there with her parents in 1839. The ceremony was performed by Squire Mulford, they being the second couple married by him. They went to live at Winnetka, where they stayed until 1846, when he built a house on the northwest corner of Chuch street and Ridge avenue, Evanston, and move there.
In 1849 he went to California, levaing his family in Evanston. He has said that the last shovelful of dirt taken from his mine paid him over $17. The rainy season coming on and his mine caving in, caused him to abandon it and return to Evanston. After an absence of twenty-one months, his California trip was successful, but no one but his wife ever knew to what extent. In 1851 he sold his Evanston property to the trustees of Northwestern university, it being the first property ever purchased by them.
About forty years ago he, with his family, settled permanently in what is know the village of Wilmette, living for some time near the corner of Sheridan road and Hill street. He bought considerable land from the Indians and others, so that almost the entire site of the village belonged to Mr. McDaniel and a few other men. He has lived in different parts of the village ever since, and at the time of his death lived near the corner of Central and Wilmette avenues. In 1868, when the suburban movement began, Mr. McDaniel, with four other property owners, platted the original site of the village, and in October 1872, it was incorportated.
Mr. McDaniel has held a number of positions of trust. He was assessor of New Trier Township for some years, and was one of the first village trustees, being elcted in 1872. In June, 1870, a post office was established, and Mr. McDaniel was appointed postmaster, a position he held for nineteen years less nineteen days. He had in his possession at the time of his death the desk that was first used in the Evanston postoffice, and was transferred to Wilmette when the office was opened here.
Besides his earthly goods,, he leaves to his posterity a good name, earned because of his iotegrity and energy. His life has been a continuous round of doing good to others. He was the father of six children, four boys and two girls. His wife and four sons survive him. He also had fourteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
◦Helped to lay out new village of Wilmette.
Grosse Pointe Gulch:
Evanstonians are proud of their city and herald its name wherever they go. One of the city's first citizens to show this civic pride was Alexander McDaniel, a pioneer who left Grosse Pointe to join the 1849 gold rush.
Because he wanted the folks to know where he came from, he named one of the first sites he prospected Grosse Pointe Gulch. (Take from "Evanston-Northwestern Centennial Jubilee" 7 Jun 1951)
Emeline C. Huntoon McDaniel (1824 - 1902)
Jane McDaniel Kinney (1843 - 1878)*
Ellen McDaniel (1845 - 1896)*
Charles McDaniel (1848 - 1918)*
George McDaniel (1852 - 1901)*
Henry McDaniel (1854 - 1904)*
William Grant McDaniel (1861 - 1903)*
Note: ***A Very Special "Thanks! goes to Ms. Leanne Moringlanes and all of her hard work on the Huntoon Family Page.***
Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Plot: No Headstone at Rosehill Cemetery.
Created by: Michael Harrington
Record added: May 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69367741